In 1956 I took my first photographs with an Agfa Box 6×9 camera from my mother and started to like and love taking photographs and making pictures. Since then I have tried and used all kinds of cameras from 35mm, 6×6 to 4×5, panorama from 24×56 to the Seitz Roundshot 360°.
With my first digital Nikon Coolpix I discovered the new digital world without all the “limits” of analog photography by using all kinds of treatment and filters in Photoshop. A months ago I got an analog 6×12 pinhole camera and after that a very old dream came true and I bought a Hasselblad 903 SWC – and the analog fever got me 🙂
A few weeks later I got a Fotoman 6×17 and two weeks ago I got a 60 year-old 6×9 Brooks-Plaubel Veriwide 100 with a Schneider Super-Angulon 47mm f/8 lens. Last weekend I loaded the Veriwide with Bergger Pancro 400 and took a train to Hamburg to take pictures of the Docklands.
All shots were hand-held at 1/30 second and f/22 with an orange 22 filter. I developed the film in Kodak D-76 1+1 at 20°C for 17 minutes, with normal agitation a few times every minute for the first 5 minutes, and later every 4 minutes. This was followed by a stop bath and normal fixing in ILFORD Rapid Fixer.
After the developing process, I took my first look at the film. A very exciting moment, at least for me after all the years with digital! After a few hours, I could not wait any longer, I started cutting and scanning (with an Epson Perfection V800 and Silverfast at 2,400 PPI) and waited for the great moment when I saw those first results on my screen.
I think I’ve got the analog virus 🙂
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